Motorist killed in crash with Norfolk-bound Amtrak train

Driver killed in crash with Norfolk-bound Amtrak train

RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- One person is dead after an Amtrak train headed for Norfolk crashed into a car in Richmond on Sunday evening.

Investigators say the driver of the car was killed.

According to Amtrak, the Northeast Regional train had 137 people on board. It was headed to Norfolk from Washington D.C. at the time.

Richmond police say no one on board the train was hurt.

Passengers we talked to say they felt the impact, and immediately knew something was wrong.

"The train shook for a little bit," said one passenger after arriving in Norfolk. "And I just seen the debris and smoke and flying past the window and everything."

Passengers were held for hours while crews cleaned up the mess.  What was supposed to be an 8:30 p.m. arrival eventually turned into a 12:30 a.m. arrival.

Richmond Police say their investigation is still in the early stages.

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